Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania

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Powerline Trail Connector Phase 1 Project

Powerline Trail Connector Phase 1 Project

Montgomery Township has been awarded an $850,000 grant from the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to construct a trail connection from the 202 Parkway Trail to the Township Building (1001 Stump Road) and the Township’s Community and Recreation Center (1030 Horsham Road).  This is the first phase of a proposed project to link the 202 Parkway Trail to the Powerline Trail in Horsham Township.   Both the 202 Parkway and the Powerline Trail is part of “The Circuit,” a 750-mile dedicated trail network within the Delaware Valley.

Below is information regarding the conception of the project through the proposed construction of the trail.    For more information regarding the Powerline Trail Connector Phase 1 Project, please contact Stacy Crandell at 215-393-6900 or by email at scrandell@montgomerytwp.org

DVRPC Regional Trails Program Phase II Grant Program – Powerline Trail Feasibility Study

In December 2011, the Township applied for and was awarded a grant in the amount of $32,000 under DVRPC’s Regional Trails Program Phase II Grant Program to conduct a study to determine the most feasible alignment for a trail connection between the Route 202 Parkway Trail and the Horsham Powerline Trail. 

The Township engaged its Township Engineer, Gilmore and Associates to perform the study.  In December 2013, Gilmore presented its final study, which detailed a few different options for possible alternatives routes to determine which the most feasible route was. 

Powerline Trail Connector Feasibility Study

Transportation Alternative Program Funding Opportunity- Powerline Trail Connector Phase 1 Project

On January 4, 2016, the Board of Supervisors authorized the submission of an application for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant to implement the connection between the Route 202 Parkway Trail, the Township Building (1001 Stump Road) and the Township Community and Recreation Center (1030 Horsham Road).    The Township was subsequently awarded a grant in the amount of $850,000 for the Powerline Trail Connection- Phase 1 Project. 

Montgomery Township’s project was one of 11 projects that was chosen throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania to receive this funding.    This grant will fund the entire construction of the trail across portions of the Joseph Ambler Inn Property.  The Township’s match, estimated in the amount of $145,467, will cover all of the design costs for the project.  The design and construction work will need to follow the federal requirements for construction projects that PennDOT would need to follow. 

On April 25, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved a proposal from Traffic Planning Design (TPD) for preliminary steps that are necessary to move the project through initial environmental scoping.  On March 13, 2017, the Board of Supervisors accepted a proposal from TPD to perform the engineering services for the design of the Powerline Trail Connector- Phase I.  Township Staff was directed to schedule a meeting with residents of Montgomery Greene Community to present the Preliminary Concept Plan of the Trail Connection and gather feedback from the residents that will be located adjacent to the proposed alignment. 

On July 12, 2017, Township Staff and TPD met with representatives from PennDOT and DVRPC for the field scoping meeting to walk the proposed trail and gather any feedback from PennDOT and DVRPC before moving towards a proposed design.  

On November 27, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a proposal from CHRS, Inc. to complete an archaeological survey that is required by PennDOT in order to move forward with the design of the proposed trail connection.  This study is necessary since the trail is proposed along a historic property.  The amount of proposal is $3,961.06.

Preliminary Concept Plan of the Proposed Alignment

Meeting with Montgomery Greene Residents- May 23, 2017

On May 23, 2017, the Township held a public meeting with residents from Montgomery Greene Community to preview the details of the project and gather feedback from residents.  Township Staff along with a representative from TPD attended this meeting to present the preliminary concept plan of the proposed trail connection.    

Montgomery Greene Meeting Informational Packet (mailed to all Montgomery Greene Residents)

Meeting Agenda

Next Steps

  • More Public Meetings with Residents as the project moves forward. 

 

This page will be updated as the Township moves through the process.  Please contact Stacy Crandell at 215-393-6900 or by email at scrandell@montgomerytwp.org for more information.